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Lionesses arrive in their new home

They've endured a long and tiring twenty hour journey from South Africa, but this afternoon two rare white lionesses finally arrived at a wildlife park in Kent. Fia and Joy are nearly 5 years old.

The pair have been brought to the Wildlife Heritage foundation in Smarden in the hope they will breed with resident male white lion Themba. Charlotte Wilkins was there to see them arrive.


Rare white lioness arrives in Kent

A drowsy lioness is encouraged out of her transit box Credit: ITV Meridian

The first lioness arrives at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden in Kent. Specialists are trying to entice her into the quarantine enclosure after an 18-20 hour journey. The other lioness from South Africa is waiting in the van. They've been brought to the park for a specialist breeding programme.